REVIEW: Dell 2709W Part 4
*) Since the sound bar is only optionally available, the maximum power consumption of the model could not be tested. USB devices connected to the monitor generally require power of between 2.5 W and 5 W.
The back of the monitor displays the wide range of connectors that the monitor offers: 2 x DVI-D Dual Link (digital), 1 x D-Sub (analogue), 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, 3 x Audio Out (Front, Rear, Sub), Component-In, Composite, 1 x USB 2.0 Uplink, 2 x USB 2.0 Downlink below and 2 x USB 2.0 Downlink at the side, where there is also a 9-in-2 card reader. Thus, it is easy to connect several devices in parallel.
No cable clip is supplied with the monitor, but the user can also feed the cables directly through the space in the base, which holds them together very well, at least in this area close to the monitor. The illustrations and labels located at every connection make it extremely simple to connect the cables. The illustrations are sufficiently large and very easy to recognise.
The Dell 2709W offers a large number of connection options.
On the left hand side of the Dell 2709W are the 9-in-2 card reader and 2 USB connections.
Controls on the monitor involve a new type of menu navigation. Instead of classical push buttons, the monitor has small LED buttons which are activated even when touched lightly. The menu button above the power button and the power button itself are very sensitive to touch. Here, we recommend that you take care to ensure that the monitor is not switched off by accident by brushing against the button. The menu button responds even when your finger is 2 cm above it and activates its LES automatically. If you remove your fingers from the menu, the LEDs are dimmed until they go off.
Left picture shows power button in use, right picture shows illuminated LED buttons.
What stands out when you first use the OSD is a very penetrating beeping tone which sounds every time a button is pushed. This tone annoys the user even after a few seconds, but luckily, it can be deactivated in the OSD. Deactivating the tone was the first action we took.
After we changed the OSD from English to German, we noticed a translation mistake: options which have a selection of "On (An)" and "Off (Aus)" are translated as "Up (Auf)" and "Off (Aus)".
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